The Future tells the story of a thirty-something couple who, on deciding to adopt a stray cat, change their perspective on life, literally altering the course of time and testing their faith in each other and themselves.
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I have a large radar attached to me. A pretension radar. It goes off within a large radius of the stuff. It broke when i saw "You and...we know". It didn't let out a peep when I saw this movie. This is the best American movie to come along in years. It is bold, unique, well executed and deeply personal, not to mention tremendously artistic in the finest sense of the word. Haters need to hate on something needing it.
I'm fairly certain that Miranda July is the only filmmaker in the world who could use a talking cat to expose the vapidity and futility of human existence so effectively. If a terminally-ill stray can find joy in the very fact of existing, why can't two well-off hipsters find joy in each other or themselves? This hypnotic, dreamlike masterpiece makes the case that they ought to be ashamed, even if they don't know it.
Not by nature 4-star material, but easily lands the high side of a 3. July is so deeply insightful, about people, fears, relationships... And I adore that her kooky off-beatness, brilliantly used for awkward comedy in You Me and Everyone, is here so adeptly revealed to be this delicate, intricate, serious performative language; SO not just schtick. Empathetic & honest. Funny's just a side-effect of being human. 3.75
Another ambitious feature does a good job of blending an insightful, character-driven relationship drama with some more fantastical elements - though the talking cat did get cloying at times. July and Hamish Linklater are strong in the leads, and there are a number of fine moments of playful surrealism. Not for everyone, but indie fans with a taste for the absurd should enjoy it. Great score by Jon Brion.
Miranda July is a completely original and uniquely odd talent, and her sophomore film, THE FUTURE (following 2005's terrific ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW), seems a bit aimless, but at its heart it's an oddly endearing look at a couple who isn't quite ready to grow up preparing for the future. Sometimes almost unbearably twee (it's narrated by a crippled cat), but July makes it strangely effective.
Great to see she's still inventive and completely in form. Less colourful than 'everyone we know' the dry sense of humour and wink at the fragility of tragedy keep this one feeling fresh, honest and many shades darker than expected. That she can go down the rabbit hole and still have a fresh take on it is highly commendable. 3.5 stars